African American Racial Relations

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The South and the West from 1865-1900 had similar patterns of race relations. In the South the leading issue that the Anglo-Saxon "race" had against the African Americans at the time, was that they felt as if they were superior to other races. In the West the leading issue was the massive stream of immigrants coming from all aspects of the world, and country. Immigrants from Canada to the north, and all the way from Mexico to the south. Lets not forget about the Chinese, and Europeans that flooded the West as well. Whether it was the African Americans in the South or the Chinese, and other numerous races in the West were initially denied citizenship rights, and frequently discriminated against. Another pattern of racial relations includes the…show more content…
The West was covered in extreme geographical features, and unlike the South the Civil War and the reconstruction were events that hardly touched the lives of Indians, Mexicans, Asians, Etc. A major factor however, that affected the racial relations in the West was the relentless march of settlement, and exploitation opportunity 's. More so the desire to improve one 's life. This relentless exploitation of land, greed, and irresponsible behavior, nearly exterminated the Native American culture. In addition, many different races and cultures were migrating to the West. Naturally this movement stirred up a little bit of discrimination since most of the settlers in the West were relatively prosperous white, native born farm folk. One of the races that was affected were the Chinese, who arrived in California to build railroads and work in the mining community. They were frequently discriminated against, and denied citizenship rights. Eventually becoming scapegoats whenever there was an economic downturn. For African Americans, since the collapse of radical Republican rule in the South, thousands migrated West. Like the African American newly freed slaves of the South they also suffered from the lack of recourses, and were completely unprepared for the harsh living conditions. Many of them were forced to be hired out to the white farmers of the West. With the rapid expansion of men and women in the West, the Native Americans lost their freedom to roam the plains. Often leading to armed conflicts such as the Great Sioux War, and eventually causing the signatures of many unwanted treaty 's. In turn leading to the confinement of Native Americans to reservations. In conclusion, due to the large amount of European, Asian, Mexican, Canadian, and African American men and women migrating to the West, many if not all men and women (due to their different cultures) were met with strong opposition from the
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